Dr. Carlton R. Crosby interview with Tales of Cape Cod, November
Dr. Crosby was born in Brookline in 1895. He reads from the introduction to his unpublished memoirs for approximately 10 minutes. This section deals primarily with the train trip from Boston to Buzzards Bay and then on to the Chatham depot, the ride from the depot to their summer home in East Harwich, and his earliest memories as a child during the summer with his family and relatives. Dr. Crosby’s grandfather was Josiah Crosby who was a ship’s fitter. He also identifies Albert Crosby of Brewster who was a cousin of his grandfather. He points out that travel on the Cape was difficult on horse pulled wagons due to the poor roads. They hired a man to bring their horse from off Cape and then deliver it back in the Fall. Dr. Carlton, who was an Osteopath enjoyed ham radio since 1912. He remembers getting deliveries from the grocer, butcher, baker and fish salesman. He dates his house as built in 1819 by Ezra Kendrick, Sylvester Kendrick’s father. He describes the original house prior to changes made. It included a central chimney, fireplaces and Dutch oven. There was also a borning room off the living room and sitting room. Electricity came to the Cape around 1920 but he didn’t have it until 1925. His first telephone was in 1915.
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